Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ibanez FG 100 versus GB 10

I came across the video below that compares the sound of the Ibanez FG 100 to the sound of an Ibanez GB 10. The guy uses the same settings and the same amp, you can actually see him switch guitars. I think this video easily demonstrates why the FG 100 is so underestimated as a guitar. Both guitars sound fine but .... if you read all the replies you will see that most prefer the FG 100 sound wise, including the owner doing the test. You will find many vintage Ibanez lovers and especially guys selling these lawsuit Ibanez guitars raving about the 70s lawsuit Ibanez L5, the Ibanez ES 175 and the Ibanez Byrdland from that period or even the GB 10 but the vintage FG 100 from the early and mid 80s? Most people do not even know it. My guess is, the real winner may well be the one mostly ignored ... Much cheaper too. For now. Under the test video I added a clip of Bruce Forman playing an FG 100. In an earlier post about the FG 100 I added a spectacular clip of George Benson playing one. Missed it? Click here. You do want to see it. Easily the hottest jazz guitar clip on the Tube :)


  1. Yes I agree the FG100 does sound better than the Ibanez. I had a GB10 but I just couldn't get on with it and sold it. Usually I test any archtop without an amp and play it acoustically. I then know it will be ok through an amp.The Ibanez sounded very dead-just me I guess. We will have to stop blogging about the FG100 as prices will go up if there are any about. No doubt someone will come out of the"woodwork" and tell me there are.

  2. There are 2 currently on ebay in the US

  3. I have an fg100 from 1982 and a 1986 gb10 and prefer the gb10, but i must tell there is difference between new and old gb10s.New ones sound stiffer unpluged, and the pickup is more harsh.So the plug in tone is not the same . I prefer my fg100 from recent gb10s. The gb10 in this clip is a newer one

  4. Bruce Forman's Ibanez is a custom made for him, not FG-100.


  5. I had an AF200 (similar to FG100) from the year 2000 and a GB100 from the 90's. The AF200 was far superior compared to the GB.
    Due to economic problems derived from health, I had to sell both, the first one that came out was the GB100 and later the AF200.
    Today I just miss AF.

  6. I can assure that the guitar played by Bruce is a custom FG-100 but with an Ebony tailpiece and perloid tuners. He was asked this question at a guitar seminar he was doing in NJ back in the 80's and he dais it was a custom FG-100, same wood, build, pickups etc...